“No. I don’t think anyone will ever understand these fans. When we win they love you but when we lose it gets rough. That’s just how it is here. It’s like that in some other places, but not to this extent. Hey, just win and keep them happy.”
So you’re not exactly feeling warm and fuzzy towards Eagles nation…
“Some of them but not running off the field after a loss — not those fans. They think they know me,” Matthews said tersely.
Ugh. Face and palm… Face and palm.
First, how does he even know about “other places?" This is his first NFL gig. Second, this is a script from the Mike Schmidt how to further piss of fans playbook. It's not about losing, per say. People don’t hate the Sixers (we may be indifferent, but don’t hate). They overachieved, and we appreciated that. Even if they had just “achieved,” we would have been cool with that, too. What we don’t like is underachieving, underappreciating, self-entitled rookies who got drafted two rounds higher because of their brother's hair and who can’t avoid stepping in their own shit… like seemingly half of the Eagles have done this year.
Today, it appears a PR guy did get a hold of Matthews, who took to his Twitter to apologize:
Setting the record straight, I appreciate the passion and loyalty that ALL Eagle Fans have. I'm just saying it's tough to hear boos at home. And I understand why you guys are all frustrated. We've been in a slump but we will get this thing rolling and give you something to cheer 4. But we need the support from the whole #EaglesNation and finish strong.
Nail on head… Nail on head. Give us something to cheer 4— that’s how it works, bro. Until you do, shut up and play. Or sit. Whatever. And stop with this stuff:
Good read by Timmy Mac over at Philly Sports Daily, much more to the story than just those quotes.